Robert Maw has been an educator in Alaska, Washington, and Nevada for 19 years. Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in Planning and Resource Management from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Anchorage Alaska. Robert has spent 15 years in grades 6-8 teaching Math, Science, Explorations, and Social Studies.
In 2011, Robert was selected to be one of the few teachers in Nevada to participate in the Pathways Project. Through the Pathways Project, Robert was a pioneer in implementing technology in the classroom to enhance math curriculum and increase student engagement. Robert was a key presenter at UNR and numerous districts in Nevada for the implementation of technology to create a 21st Century classroom.
Robert spent four years working for the Carson City School District as a Teacher on Special Assignment focusing on training staff on the implementation of technology in the classroom. During this time, Robert became a Google Certified Trainer and a Level 1 and 2 Google Certified Teacher. In 2018, Robert participated in the writing of the first Computer Science standards for the State of Nevada and now works for NWRPDP as the Secondary Computer Science Facilitator.
Dr. Diana Walker was a classroom teacher for many years teaching 4th -12th grade English and ELL for 10 years in public and private schools in the U.S., Mongolia, and Venezuela. Prior to accepting a position as a K-6 Literacy Specialist with NWRPDP she was an Implementation Specialist, ELL Program Coordinator, and Migrant Educator in Washoe County School District. Diana graduated from UNR with an English degree. She also has a Curriculum and Instruction Master’s Degree with a focus on English Learners from Wichita State University. She has her PhD in Educational Leadership and her research focus was on Long Term English Language Learners.
Her training and expertise include the following research-based areas:
Dr. Nicolette Smith was a Social Studies teacher for twelve years, teaching U.S. History and Government in WCSD prior to accepting a position as a K-12 Literacy specialist with NWRPDP. Dedicated to facilitating professional development in both pedagogy and content in social studies, Nicolette has been a part of the Teaching American History grant and serves on the board of the Northern Nevada Council for Social Studies. Nicolette has her National Board Certification and facilitates a cohort for WCSD teachers who are working to attain their National Boards as well. She works as a part of the Student Learning Facilitators (SLF) team to support teacher learning and growth in the development of Understanding By Design units. Nicolette is currently working on her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with the emphasis in K-12 education.
Lou Loftin has worked for Washoe County School District for 27 years. In his 27 year tenure with the district, he has taught grades 2-6, worked three years as Outdoor Education Coordinator K-12, was Dean of an elementary school one year, worked three years as Elementary Field Based Instructor at UNR, and is currently the Pre-K-12 Science Learning Facilitator for Northwest Regional Professional Development Program serving Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe Counties. In this position Lou trains on NVACS For English Language Arts & Literacy in Science, NVACS For Mathematics integrated in Science, STEM education, Science Practices and the NVACSS based off of NGSS. Lou taught several of the K-8 Science Methods evening classes at UNR for the College of Education and has previously taught the Physical Geography classes at UNR during summer sessions. Lou received his first degree from UNR: Bachelors of Science in Physical Geography 1986, then received his teaching certification from UNR in 1991, and his Master’s in Education in 2000 from UNR. Lou has presented at many local, state, and national Science and Math conventions, conferences, and workshops. Lou is available to support schools with:
Kathy is enjoying her position as K-6 math facilitator after 25 years with Washoe County School District. She enjoyed teaching in grades 3, 4 and 5 for many years. She then went on to support teachers in grades K-8 as an Implementation Specialist at multiple schools in WCSD. Her training and expertise includes collaborative learning, backwards lesson design, formative assessment strategies, and methods for facilitating student discussion and problem-solving in mathematics. She holds a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in Educational Leadership. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, Northern Nevada Math Council, and Learning Forward.
Desiree Gray has worked extensively for over twenty years in various professional capacities. Most recently she has spent the last 10 years with the Northwest Regional Professional Development Program as a K-12 trainer/specialist supporting Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe County school districts. She offers in-service classes and trainings for Common Core State Standards, Thinking Maps, Sheltered Instruction, Academic Vocabulary, and Reading and Writing across the Curriculum. She also teaches a course called: Diagnosing and Remediating Reading Problems to undergraduates at University of Phoenix. She has worked for the State of Nevada on numerous content review and item writing teams for English Language Arts and served on numerous committees. Desiree is a native Nevadan and an alumni of Sparks High School, the University of Nevada, Reno, and University of Phoenix. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education in 1994, a Master’s in Literacy Education in 1997, and a Master’s of Arts in Supervision and Leadership in 2009.
Brian taught for over 30 years, mostly in intermediate grades. He is currently the STEM Learning Facilitator for the Northwest Regional Professional Development Program. The services Brian provides are training and support in implementing and integrating STEM learning in the school and classroom. This includes but is not limited to:
His classroom was the model technology classroom for the Washoe County School District for 6 years. His students received numerous awards, have been written about in magazine and newspaper articles and interviewed for television news stories about their innovative projects and learning activities in math, science and language arts. Brian has presented at numerous state and national science, technology and education conferences.
He recently co-authored a book, “Making Connections with Blogging.” Brian is a consultant with the Northern Nevada Writing Project. He was recently interviewed by Brian Williams of NBC News about his innovative teaching practices, and was a panelist at the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow program.
Brian is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and holds a Masters Equivalency Certificate from WCSD. Brian has mentored hundreds of teachers in best practices locally and as far away as China and Australia. Brian enjoys hanging with his family, travel, outdoor activities of all kinds and tinkering around the house.
Dr. Darl Kiernan has been with the Washoe County School District for 24 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies and was a recipient of the Celebrate Literacy Award. After working in the elementary setting for fifteen years, she accepted a position outside the classroom as a literacy trainer and coach. Darl currently serves at the PreK-3rd grade Regional Facilitator. She also serves on the board for the Sierra Nevada chapter of the International Literacy Association. Her areas of expertise include:
· Early literacy
· Word study and vocabulary development
· Adolescent literacy
· Backward Lesson Design
· Facilitation techniques for groups of adult learners
· Data collection and analysis
Kristin Campbell has been an educator in Washoe County School District (WCSD) for 18 years. She has a master’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s in Education Administration & Supervision.
Kristin has been a trainer, communication leader, mentor teacher, member of the ActivBoard Cadre, Teaching American History (TAH) grant participant, and considers herself a “professional student.” As a professional learning facilitator for NWRPDP, she is currently supporting educators in Nevada Academic Content Standards implementation through Read by Grade 3 Literacy Support, Intermediate Content Literacy Support, Discussion-Rich Classrooms, Every Day Strategies for Improved Text-Based Writing, and Being a Writer program implementation.
Kristin also collaborates with other NWRPDP trainers and WCSD training coordinators to support educators in the design, implementation, and assessment of effective and engaging instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Passionate about elevating teaching and learning within and beyond the classroom, Kristin supports all levels of teacher leadership and facilitates professional learning for the Teachers Leading Change cohorts. She is a Learning Forward Nevada executive board member.
Sarah Brown joined the NWRPDP as a 7-12 Content/Disciplinary Literacy Learning Facilitator after spending twelve years in the classroom as a social studies teacher. As a recipient of the James Madison Fellowship she completed her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education. In 2014, she became a National Board Certified teacher. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Sarah served as the Social Studies Department Leader and Advanced Placement Coordinator. Sarah has served on the executive board of the Northern Nevada Council for the Social Studies for thirteen years and has been actively engaged in the social studies community as a participant in the Teaching American History Grant, WCSD Vertical Social Studies team, and the WCSD Vanguard Cohort. She has presented numerous times at the national NCSS conference on a variety of literacy topics including text analysis and discussion-based methods. Sarah is also a Core Advocate through Achieve the Core.